A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in a related subject. Professional experience will also be considered.
Months of entry
This multidisciplinary degree focuses on the politics, religions, cultures and languages of the Middle East and North Africa. Current political events are covered in depth, alongside historical developments, paths towards democratisation, the role of gender dynamics and the interactions between religious authorities and civil society.
Core modules will introduce you to the complex intersections between Islam, culture and politics across the region. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to explore issues such as Islam’s encounter with modernity in further depth, or to learn Arabic, Turkish or Persian from beginner level. Through your dissertation, you will carry out independent research on an aspect of the Middle East that particularly engages you.
This is a fascinating and unique opportunity to study and understand a diverse and complex region through a mix of approaches drawn from Area Studies (Middle East and North Africa), Islamic Studies and traditional disciplines including Politics, History and Law.
At Leeds we have a wealth of resources to help you make the most of your studies. Our archives contain 500 Arabic manuscripts and 10,000 archaeological artefacts, ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras.
There are also extensive library resources in our world-class Brotherton Library, and our fully equipped Language Centre features digital language labs, audio-video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to help you develop your language skills.
We are committed to helping you to develop skills in critical reading, academic analysis and the presentation of your ideas and research and offer students dedicated sessions on these themes.
This programme is also available to study part-time.
Information for international students
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Fees and funding
There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
This MA allows you to deepen your understanding of the cultural, political, religious and historical dimensions which contribute to the making of the modern Middle East. Study of Islam and Politics is complemented by coverage of a range of subject areas, allowing you to study the region from diverse perspectives.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team
- 0113 343 3234